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Director of Medical Services – Wollongong

Director of Medical Services – Wollongong

Company: Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District
Location: Wollongong, NSW
Job Type: Full-time
Job Status: Sourcing
Date Posted: 05/03/2021
Job Contact:

Rob Macmillan

02 9091 3266


The Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD) extends south of Sydney, about 250km along this picturesque coastal strip, and provides world class health care to its community of more than 400,000 residents.  ISLHD is one of the region’s largest employers with a workforce of more than 7,300 across eight hospital sites and more than 60 community health services, and an annual budget of approximately $1 billion.  ISLHD has an experienced leadership team and is now seeking an outstanding Director of Medical Services (DMS) to join this team and help lead the delivery of world class health care services for The Northern Illawarra Hospital Group (NIHG).  This is the largest of 3 networks within the district and comprises Wollongong Hospital campus (500 beds) which includes the Illawarra Regional Cancer Centre; Bulli Hospital and Aged Care Centre; and Coledale Hospital which specialises in rehabilitation and aged care services. Working closely the NIHG GM and Executive and the broader District Executive, the DMS will:

  • Lead, in collaboration with senior medical, nursing and management colleagues, the delivery of world class clinical outcomes, network KPIs and strategic priorities;
  • Provide leadership to the medical workforce and oversight of systems assuring the highest quality of clinical governance and patient safety strategies are embedded across the organisation;
  • Work closely with the District Director Medical Workforce and the NIHG GM on all medical workforce matters including professional development, workforce planning and strategy;
  • Forge collegial relationships across a variety of stakeholders including academic and research partners, community groups, medical Colleges, other health services and NSW Ministry of Health;
  • Model and foster a patient centred approach to care with a focus on the total patient experience, ensuring service delivery across the network and is based on global best practice and reflects the highest standards;
  • Lead medical and clinical workforce management and continue to build the culture of collaboration and excellence, during an exciting period of growth, investment, redevelopment and change;
  • Foster a responsive, future focused and contemporary culture which supports all staff to deliver true excellence.

We are seeking an experienced medical leader who has ideally held a DMS (or potentially deputy DMS role) within a comparable scale of health service, either metropolitan or regional, and who has a track record of leading and driving successful transformation.  The person may hold a RACMA Fellowship or be on their pathway to Fellowship; we equally value clinical leaders with Fellowship from another College.  Critical to the person’s success will be their proven track record of leading diverse medical teams and initiatives within a complex hospital or health service.  The person will demonstrate strong communication and engagement skills and a track record of successfully forging powerful relationships with medical staff, the executive team and the broader clinical community.

This represents an exciting opportunity to support world class healthcare across this thriving and growing community.  It also offers the prospect of living in the beautiful and picturesque coastal region of NSW and becoming part of the friendly and community centred culture which the area is renowned for.

NSW Health values diversity and is committed to building an inclusive workplace culture that reflects the community it serves. We encourage applications from diverse community groups including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, LGBTI, people with a disability and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

For a confidential discussion, to review the role description or to apply, please call Rob Macmillan on 02 9091 3266 or email rmacmillan@derwentsearch.com.au quoting reference 28095.

Application close Sunday 21 March 2021

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